maybe Kelly Siegler can help the State of FLorida…

” …death row is the typical destination for most of Siegler’s targets.”

Kelly Siegler is known as a giant-killer in Texas, having won high-profile prosecutions against some of the state’s best known, and most highly regarded, defense attorneys. Siegler began her career with the prosecutor’s office in Houston 15 years ago. Since then, her felony conviction rate at trial is 95 percent, and the wins include the convictions of clients of top-flight defense attorneys Richard DeGuerin, Joe Bailey, Stanley Schneider, Mike DeGuerin and George Parnham. She handles only big cases — she’s tried 13 capital murder cases and won death penalty verdicts in 12. [link is an old-best of houston 2008]

 

She resigned as Assistant district attorney, Harris Co., Texas DA office last year [May 9, 2008]. I wonder what she’s up to now.

Siegler rose to become a leading prosecutor. She has handled more high-profile cases than any other local prosecutor, possibly becoming the best known locally and nationally.

Most recently, she successfully argued to convict former coach David Temple of murdering his pregnant wife, Belinda, a Katy school teacher.

In 2004, she brought a bed before the jury to personally demonstrate how defendant Susan Wright butchered her husband by stabbing him 193 times.

After eight days of testimony, Siegler has the last word:

“What you’re left with is the word of Susan Lucille Wright, the word of a card-carrying, obvious, no doubt about it, caught red-handed, confirmed, documented liar.”

Now, it’s up to the jury to decide, and just as Siegler had feared, jurors have trouble seeing Susan as a murderer. But it’s hard for them to forget the blood-soaked bed, and they had it reassembled when they deliberated.

Two days later, they reached a verdict: guilty.

How much is a guilty verdict worth to the State of Florida? Maybe they can have the Pontiac Sunbird brought into the court room. Maybe a field trip to the site where the remains were found, even though the area has been totally gutted of any form of familiar foliage that was their when the 911 calls from Mr. Kronk came in ..3 of them, cleared with in-days of the remains being found.  Will the impact of standing in the area devoid of the trash and foliage be enough to influence the jury?

I think Ms. Lyon is a great choice, but Ms. Siegler has the appeal to both the jury,  the media, and the viewers.

Death penalty: What other’s are Thinking

Posted by: Gxxxx | May 31, 2009 at 07:02 AM

 

    I must say that I agree with the defense on the matter of the death penalty. There is something seriously wrong with the prosecution in the fact that they had waived the death penalty and then reinstated it. I know that this was done after the Caylee’s body was found, but Casey was already charged with 1st degree murder.

I have not yet seen one piece of evidence that ties her to the site where Caylee was found besides garbage bags, duct tape and a laundry bag. These are all very common household items that you will find in almost all houses. One thing that really makes me wonder is the laundry bag. This type of a household item you would think would be so easily linked to that home.

I say this due to the fact that it’s a cloth laundry bag that would hold an enormous amount of fibers, possible hair from other family members, etc. I find it hard to believe that if this basket did come from the Anthony house they have not found any evidence of fibers that could be linked to clothes from inside that house. I am also very much confused as to it taking them as long as they did to find Caylee’s body. This if anything will be the reason Casey walks.

We all have to be realistic here on this matter. Although we have this mountain of evidence that Casey did something to little Caylee the fact that the area was searched multiple times (Once with cadaver dogs) and several tips came in of possible evidence in a missing child case that were not followed up on correctly is a massive argument for the defense to claim the body was not there at that time. I myself am having a real hard time with this one.

This is especially troubling to me due to the fact that this area was only ¼ of a mile from the Anthony’s home and we all know that if tips were coming in that there was a possible dead child in the woods the authorities would have ripped that woods down tree by tree. Something is seriously wrong with this aspect of the case.

This could definitely put doubt in a jury’s mind as to whether Casey was the one to put the body there. All the evidence points to Casey having a part in whatever happened, but it does not point to pre meditated murder. There is no cause of death, no crime scene, no motive (Unless you want to say she did it to spite her mother or so she can be child free) and once again we have this long period of time before they found the body when it was almost in the Anthony’s back yard.

I really need to see what else the prosecution has because there is many holes in this case that need to be filled before I myself could say this was pre-meditated murder. Casey is definitely guilty of something (But what and to what extent) I wish Casey would just come out with what really happened.

Posted by: Gxxxx | May 31, 2009 at 07:02 AM

high road these days, a little less traveled? To those that do, find it morally rewarding…

Is taking the high road these days, a little less traveled?  To those that do, find it morally rewarding…just ask WKMG.

So did WKMG pull all the PDF documents regarding the Casey Anthony case from their ClickOrlando Site?  Were the documents ever on the site?  On the other hand, did they take the high road?  I decided to check for myself…

A quick search for a PDF version of the motion to amend and supplement motion to seal jail videotape taken in the medical facility” docs from the Anthony case just to if the recent motions filed by Ms. Anthony’s defense attorneys

Orange County Clerk’s t/d stamped 5.27.2009 17:11 pm, the motion was filed by Fax, per the Orange County clerk site – 407-836-2306 – the t/d of clocked in to reflect the actual date of the transmission (the fax shows 2.27.2009 16:13 from Baez Law Firm).  The clerks physical stamp shows 16:11 pm 5.27.2009 (red ink)

This is where the fork in the road comes to mind.  Who at the Orange County Clerks office, faxed the “Baez Motion on Casey Video” out of the Clerks office at 17:20 pm 5.27.2009, and to whom was it faxed to?  From script info from archived Google page shows WESH posted the document at 5:24:07 EDT Date: 5/29/2009.

To my surprise, WKMG is void of such documents.  The WKMG site did have links to their own videos footage, but the famed Document Dumps are not visible to my searches.  My search did find the recent 17-page motion to amend… on WESH posted the document around 5:24am on Thursday the 29 of May.  I did not find it on WFTV, so I had better not hear that familiar phrase… oh I cannot even bring myself to type it out.

Before the Casey junkies freak out, the links to the documents are still out there, but they are on private blogs sites.  Some of the private blogs offer the links to WKMG, I followed a few, some worked, and others were redirects to a blank error page.

Anyone want to offer an opinion as to where these links might be, or were they ever there?  The other TV stations in town, WFTV, WESH, and CFN13 offer a majority of these documents.

The WKMG site is also void of a link or tab to Caylee or Casey Anthony on their home page. The other stations have banners and tab link on their main/home page (Casey Anthony case, Calyee Anthony and Anthony Case).

Thanks for taking the high road.  I feel there is a ray of sunshine for all of us here in Florida, who depend on you and the state government to work together to insure unbiased dissemination of the stories that encompass or government at work.

p.s. I would like to see WKMG do a follow up to this –

On WOFL-Channel 35, Holly Bristow said there were “some pretty juicy things” in the motion.  What was most shocking to Bristow was several jail guards said Anthony,  not treated fairly on that December day and they felt uncomfortable about what they were asked to do.

 

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So, are you happy now Mr. Ashton? [FYI -“…has never to have lost a death-penalty case.”]

So, are you happy now Mr. Ashton?  Not only is Andrea Lyons qualified, is considered and expert on Capital law and death penalty case law.

In 2005, she received the president’s commendation from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for her death penalty work.

“Professor Lyon has tried over 130 homicide cases. A former Cook County Public Defender in Illinois, she served as chief of the public defender’s homicide task force. In 1990 she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1995.” The statement added that, “In 2000, she joined DePaul’s faculty and is now the Associate Dean of Clinical Programs.”

 It’s funny I used President Obama as an example..5 degrees of separation is powerful.

Even the President of the US is not DP q under Florida Rule of Crim Pro 3.112.  (Unless there is a void, if it’s the president rule that supersedes the FS 3.112 rule.)

Posted by: finnperkins | May 26, 2009 at 06:49 PM (Hal TV Guy’s blog)

The dp qualified attorney can have a vitae to match President Obama,

but if he or she has not tried a case in the state of Florida, they do not qualify under Florida’s DPQA pre-requisite/law. [Florida Rule of Crim Pro 3.112](759 So.2d 610). Amended July 1, 2002 (820 So.2d 185); Oct. 8, 2008 (993 So.2d 501).

p.s. – I wonder what her nickname will be.

btw- WFTV does not waste time on trying to make Ms. Lyon’s day memorable. “WFTV’s headline -the new attorney …stay tune and see what we dug up on her and what you need to know!”

I bet this was a hard line for Kathi Belich to say -”Lyon has very impressive credentials” and “is said never to have lost a death-penalty case.”

Kathi Belich’s is saying an extra pray tonight, WFTV reporter states Ms. Lyon’s was added to the case but has yet to file the papers and to be approved by the court.  I do not think Judge Strickland will go out of his way to please Ms. Belich this week.

old comment I made regarding WFTV and their bent view of this case-

Casey maybe a liar, a cheat, even a poster child for a 5150 PSA, and last she may even be just an average 22-year-old slacker.

These trait do not add up to some one who could carry out not only the crime it’s self, but to leave no affirmative trace for FBI and local FDLE to confirm without the phrase tagged-
 
1.      Materials are too limited to fully characterize, they remain suitable for comparison  exam, should suspected sources be located. (Drugs test on hair)
2.      Accumulation of material from different sources collected into the trunk over a period. Because they are intimately mixed, no source of this material can be determined. (Trunk)
3.      Did not originate from crime scene (soil shovel and Casey’s shoes. all of them).
 
Just to list a few reason why this is not a slam-dunk for the state attorneys office (hello Mr. Ashton)…
jm2cents/Finn

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